On 14 December 2016, SIM University (UniSIM) sealed strategic partnerships with the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and the Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) – an NTUC initiative supported by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency – to deepen the competencies of the Singapore workforce.
Held on campus, the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing ceremony was graced by Mr Heng Chee How, Deputy Secretary-General of NTUC, and Senior Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office, who witnessed the signing together with Professor Cheong Hee Kiat, President of UniSIM. The signatories of the MOUs were Professor Tsui Kai Chong, Provost of UniSIM; Mr Yeo Guat Kwang, Assistant Secretary-General of NTUC, and Member of Parliament; and Mr Gilbert Tan, Chief Executive Officer of e2i.
The collaboration between UniSIM and NTUC will help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) which are NTUC U SME partners. The University's School of Business (SBIZ) and NTUC will jointly organise and conduct education and training programmes and activities for these partners, enabling over 850 local SMEs bosses to benefit from carefully curated leadership and business development programmes, and acquire knowledge of best practices to be implemented at the workplace. One of the programmes launched is the U SME-UniSIM Executive Development Programme for SME Leaders, where participants can gain relevant know-hows to improve productivity and prepare their businesses for the future. The Mandarin version of this series of workshops, which was introduced recently, saw very positive responses, with over 30 SME leaders registered. The English version will be rolled out in the first quarter of 2017.
With the joining of hands of UniSIM and e2i to develop our workforce to its full potential, more than 2,000 Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technicians (PMETs) will gain from UniSIM's modular courses, which are aligned to the industries' needs in areas such as Supply Chain Management and Data Analytics. The parties will work together in areas including developing training programmes and organising seminars and conferences, all to equip today's workers with future-ready skills, so that they can be forward-looking and adapt quickly to meet the dynamic demands of the labour market in a competitive global economy.
(From left) Associate Professor Teng Su Ching, Director of the Centre for Continuing and Professional Education at UniSIM;
Ms Vicky Wong, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of e2i; Professor Tsui Kai Chong; Mr Gilbert Tan;
Professor Cheong Hee Kiat; Mr Heng Chee How; Mr Yeo Guat Kwang; Ms Catherine Cho, Deputy Director at NTUC;
and Associate Professor Lee Pui Mun, Dean of SBIZ.